MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Two teenage girls are back safe at home with their families after police and TBI agents say they rescued them from a child prostitution ring in Murfreesboro.
"I do know it was a relatively sophisticated operation," said Major Clyde Adkison.
Agents have arrested 22-year-old Kareem Wiggins and 26-year-old Robert Wright. The two men are accused of coercing two 16-year-old girls into prostituting themselves over a period of weeks and possibly months.
Adkison said police zeroed in on the ring thanks to the way Wiggins and Wright advertised for clients.
"The suspects would pay for ads on Backpage.com using pictures of the juveniles," said Adkison.
Police said the suspects ran the ring out of a quiet Murfreesboro neighborhood, but the teen girls would meet clients at area hotel rooms.
"To avoid capture and detection they attempted to change motel locations ... and use many different motels in the city," said Adkison.
Much of the case file remains sealed because of the ongoing investigation and juvenile status of the victims. It remains unclear exactly how the girls were coerced into joining the ring. But they are now back home with their families.
Wiggins and Wright face a variety of felony charges.
The case remains open. Police think the suspects could have used other underage prostitutes. Detectives also confiscated records and will be looking for client lists. Anyone caught paying for sex with a minor can expect a visit from police.